Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Crazy Cooking Challenge - Macaroni & Cheese

This month's Crazy Cooking Challenge was Macaroni and Cheese. I was surprised at how difficult it was for me to find a macaroni and cheese recipe that intrigued me enough to try as I find my Dad's macaroni and cheese recipe to be all I've ever really needed.  I've never actually tried a homemade stove top macaroni and cheese.  I remember as a kid eating the boxed Kraft Macaroni and Cheese about a billion times but as an adult I've never had a boxed macaroni and I've never made one for my children.  So I started with just a general macaroni and cheese search and eventually stumbled across Misadventures of Mrs. B.  I pretty much followed the recipe other than changing the cheese a bit and not adding in hot sauce.  I'm not big on spicy anything or the taste of spice so left that out, though I'm sure it wasn't noticeable.  The first thing that pulled me in was that it was a stove top macaroni and cheese recipe and that she got the recipe from Alton Brown.  I love Alton Brown and watch way too much Food Network.  I also really liked that her blog not only had recipes but cooking tips and basic information like how to make clarified butter.  Looking through her recipes I found so many amazing pictures that really drew me in and made me want to try the recipes.  Pictures are worth a thousand words.  No matter how good something is, if the picture doesn't look appetizing then you aren't going to want to try that recipe.  I can definitely say that isn't the case about Mrs. B's pictures, they look amazing!  Mrs. B also does some writing on her blog that was really interesting to read.  I enjoyed her stories and thoughts.  So not only are her recipes worth checking out, you'll find plenty of very interesting and entertaining pieces to read as well.  Definitely a blog worth checking out!  I'm glad I stumbled upon it!

Stove Top Macaroni & Cheese
1/2 lb. dry elbow macaroni
4 tbsp. butter
2 extra large eggs
6 oz. evaporated milk
1 tsp. salt
Fresh black pepper
1 tsp. dry mustard
6 oz. extra sharp cheddar, shredded
5 oz. colby jack cheese, shredded

In a large pot of boiling, salted water cook the pasta to al dente and drain. Return to the pot and melt in the butter. Toss to coat.  In a separate bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, pepper, and mustard. Stir into the pasta and add the cheese. Over low heat continue to stir for 3 minutes or until creamy.


  1. Hi! Thanks for sharing this recipe. I am also a fan of the Misadventures of Mrs. B so I look forward to trying this recipe. Glad to have found your site thru the Crazy Cooking Challenge! :)

  2. This recipe looks amazing! I adore Jen B's Alton Brown recipe. :) Great job.

  3. Oh my gosh! Thank you so much for your kind, kind words. You've made my day! I can't tell you how much I appreciate it and how much I love that you tried the recipe - isn't it the best? Now I need to look into this Crazy Cooking Challenge for myself!

  4. Completely agree that pictures make the recipe. I wish I had some of the great photography skills that other bloggers have. Thanks for turning me onto another great blog!

  5. Awesome! great minds think alike! This was the best recipe I've tried!

  6. Thanks for joining CCC... come by and see my Mac & Cheese Bites!

  7. We have a lot in common. I too, don't like spicy, I love Alton Brown and stove top Mac-N-Cheese is my go-to way of preparation. Appetizing pic too!

    Stopped by from the CCC. I'm #48.

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  9. Mustard, huh.. Sounds like a plan! Shall try this tomorrow. :) Thanks!

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